508 Miles Later

August 23, 2016

As of Sunday, my plans on where to spend the off week was still up in the air but by the next morning it was clear. I decided to head to Sioux Falls, the location of our next event.

The drive was uneventful but a strong southerly wind had me fighting the steering wheel all the way to keep it in the fairway. Finding a reasonably priced room was another story though, given the prices I found online, but I pulled the trigger on a Priceline room (all from the seat of my car through their mobile app) and got the Microtel for about half price.

My assigned room was about as small as one can get, which was fine, on the first floor and adjacent to the breakfast area (close to the coffee is good) but the A/C compressor never stayed on long enough to put dent into the residual effects of the 90° outside temperature. After a modest complaint, I was moved upstairs to a much bigger room to much more livable accommodations. I’m happy except for the internet. It sucks.


My nightmare at the Motel 6 went on the the final day. I had to pay cash for Sunday because their computers were down and never given a receipt. I asked for one on check-out but the desk clerk was totally clueless. Couldn’t find any record of my payment and she refused to give me anything in writing. All they had to do is go across the street to Walgreen’s and get a receipt book when this mess started but I guess that logic was beyond their comprehension.


Then there was this:

Fight erupts over slow play during round of golf, one stabbed and hospitalized  – That’ll speed things up.🙂

Trish Johnson Defeats Juli Inkster In Six-Hole Playoff At Legends Championship


PHC Classic 2016 – Round 2 and 3

August 22, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Finished the remaining 13 holes of the second round, took a break and played round three. Maddie shot –4 in the second round which was the lowest. Got a case of the rights in the final round and finished +1. A good showing over all.


Maddie has come up with a system to simplify the thought process during the swing. She focuses on just one thing, like grip pressure, tempo or target and after the swing, has to give me a rating from 1-10 on how she did. After the tee shot on sixteen in the final round, she gave me the rating and I asked “But can you dance to it?” It was an obscure reference to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand where the kids were asked to rate new songs. Of course I had to explain but she got a chuckle out of it. So from now on, we be dancin’ if it’s a 9 or 10.🙂

I have to admit, I thought it was hokum at first, but it worked very well. I like it


With a few holes remaining, one of our playing partners turned to Maddie and said she didn’t feel like she had been playing all day. I glanced at her caddie and smiled. He knew what I meant. We were the ones carrying the luggage.🙂


PHC Classic 2016 – Round 1

August 19, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

A two hour weather delay pushed our time back to just after 11:00 and it was the best time of all. The groups in front had to play in the rain but it stopped when we got to the tee.

Of course we played ball in hand. Shot +1.

Play was called for the day around 5:30 due to lightning. 15 minutes too late according to my roommate.


PCH Classic 2016 – Thursday

August 18, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Pretty dead out here today. Most players had the same idea we did. Play nine, practice and hit the road.


Only 124 in the field this week. Next week’s 1st stage qualifier took its toll.


That bird that was hit last week lost more than a few feathers. Services were held right after the incident.😦


The police were here again last night. Sooner or later this place will be empty.🙂


PCH Classic 2016 – Pro-Am Wednesday

August 17, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

We had a 3pm tee time but it was only nine holes and three amateurs. Done in less than two hours.


There’s a beer garden next to the clubhouse and a three piece band starter playing Bavaria’s favorites around five. Unfortunately classic rock was on the loud speaker and the mix was driving everyone nuts. Maddie spoke up and the speaker was silenced.


Then there was this:

Jackson’s Elaine Crosby to be inducted into LPGA Legends Hall of Fame


PHC Classic 2016 – Tuesday

August 16, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Arrived early and touched them all by noon.


Staying at the Motel 6 in Glendale WI. It’s a great area and the Bayshore Town Center is only a block away. It’s an upscale indoor/outdoor market place with eateries and shopping to satisfy anyone’s taste but our temporary abode is a real dive. It’s in the process of renovation but it reminds of the Motel 6 I stayed at in Rochester. Many of the denizens are long term and loiter out front. Trash litters the grounds and the police have visited two days in a row. Yesterday, the clothes rack came off the wall as we were hanging our stuff. It wasn’t screwed into the studs. The price is right though so It’ll have to do.

One shining light is the Boston Market across the street. Been there twice so far.


Last Saturday, an ice cream truck showed up at the course and the temptation was too hard to resist for one rules official. She was seen giving a ruling with cone in hand.


Next week is 1st Stage LPGA Qualifying in Rancho Miarage CA. The field is over 300 and they’re using three courses instead of the usual two. AT $2500 a pop, that’s a healthy piece of change.


Another Has Fallen

August 15, 2016

Jamie Estill, former LPGA caddie and brother of LPGA pro Michelle Estill, has passed according to a post on Facebook. Here’s an article from 1998 on him in the Reading Eagle.


On Saturday, I heard a player hit a bird in flight and asked for a ruling. The official gave her the option to replay the shot. That was incorrect but she didn’t have to. Just knocked off a few feathers and didn’t hurt (the distance that is).

Peiyun (Money) Chien had 150 to the pin into the wind on the eighteenth hole Saturday with a flyer lie and chose a seven iron. But when you generate the club head speed she does, it can go much farther than anticipated. This was one of those times. The ball airmailed the green and landed in the grandstand. At first it could not be found but eventfully it was. Lying in the trash can it was.


More rain for Decatur today. One to two inches expected. Finally timed one right.


‘Squat toilets’ installed for employees at the Australian Tax Office because immigrant workers ‘made a mess’ by STANDING on the western ones – Reminds me of the time “someone” took a dump in the urinal in one of the porta potties in Toledo. I guess the cover was down on the toilet and they couldn’t figure it out.


Then there was this:

Despite a strong tournament, Olympic golf likely will leave no lasting effect to grow the game


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